"Having decided to move fully into the ESG area, I attended several previous Zoom webinars all of which were excellent. The Climate Summit was the next step and turned out to be an incredible series of fully relevant, insightful, practical and motivational events. It has left me energised and ready to start the challenge to make a difference but, more importantly with a full, very practical understanding of next steps, the sources of information and the approach that needs to be taken. Most importantly it explained the importance of accountants and how they are necessary in all areas of ESG."
"The ICAEW Climate Summit was a great opportunity for those working at the forefront of sustainability to exchange views with likeminded people."
"This was probably the best ICAEW programme I have ever been lucky enough to participate in. Very concise, well-organised virtual sessions with excellent speakers exploring themes both familiar and new. I now feel not just better qualified to tackle some of these issues in my own organisations but inspired and motivated to do so."
"Good coverage of the subject with some excellent speakers and discussion. Time well spent."
"The Climate Summit was a great opportunity for those of us who are passionate about the environment to get together, albeit virtually, to learn more from various speakers - businesses and chartered accountants."
"Great week and gets this important topic onto the agenda of the top table of businesses and their advisers. It is the start of a journey, but it is good to start that journey rather than delaying its start."
"This was an excellent series of talks. Extremely thought provoking, and equally importantly, highly practical. The speakers were both passionate and knowledgeable, and left me with actions and a desire to learn more."
"An excellent array of webinars focusing on the problems at hand. I found them informative and inspiring."
- 2021 Climate Summit delegates
This October ICAEW will hold a five-day virtual summit of events, videos, podcasts, and articles to help chartered accountants act on climate. This is the first such summit bringing members from across the profession together on the issue of climate change.
The event aims to support members, our wider communities and students to help them look at climate change now and into the future. The programme covers an array of areas from governance to personal leadership. As well as live sessions each day, we have a whole host of supporting content to ensure you gain practical insights to build a more resilient future. Please see the programme tab for full information.
This is event was organised by the ICAEW's Sustainability & Climate Change Community. Non-members are able to join the Sustainability & Climate Change Community for free, please click here to subscribe.
Delegates will be sent links to all of the sessions just before Climate Summit week. Should you experience any difficulties booking onto the event, please go to our events support page - how to book.
The opinions expressed by external guest speakers in interviews or other publications included on this website are, by their nature, those of the speaker. They are not necessarily fully endorsed by the ICAEW or purport to reflect the official policies and views of the ICAEW or its members.
The TCFD believes that scenario analysis is an important tool for organisations to utilise when assessing the potential business implications of climate-related risks and opportunities. In this session, chaired by Lois Guthrie from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, we will discuss with our panellists how we can assist organisations with gaining the confidence to sign off on this analysis and how to use an interpretive lens to bridge the gap between organisation and investor perspectives. How can businesses use disclosure to tell their story? Joining the panel are Tristan Stanley, BHP; Christophe McGlade, IEA and Lydia Rainforth, Barclays.
Join this session with KPMG for an in-depth discussion and roadmap on integrating climate disclosures into reporting using the TCFD recommendations. Learn about the climate disclosures that are decision-useful for external stakeholders and how these flow into back-half reporting. What parts of the TCFD recommendations are hard to implement and why? Why is the Finance function core to the implementation of a climate strategy? Joining the session are Bridget Beals who is Partner in KPMG’s Climate Risk and Decarbonisation Strategy team, and Helena Watson, KPMG. The session will be chaired by Alison Ring, Director Public Sector, ICAEW.
Meeting the net zero emissions goals by 2050 will require businesses to actively reduce their carbon emissions now. To demonstrate action, investors are demanding Paris-aligned financial statements. Join the panel as we discuss potential options and what could be included. How can the financial statements promote accountability and behavioural change? What types of emissions should be included, and what about wider environmental impacts? Joining the session are Asif Chowdhury, EY; Sundip Jadeja, CDSB; Richard Murphy, Sheffield University and Natasha Landell-Mills, Sarasin & Partners.
08:30 - Boardroom blind spots: are you addressing climate risk?
Has your board started to prepare for the risks of climate change? Do you have the information you need to make the right decisions? Companies need to embed climate plans into core business strategy. Join us for an interactive Q&A to get practical advice for the boardroom on your climate related questions. This session will be chaired by Iain Wright, Managing Director, Reputation and Influence at ICAEW, the panel will include Julie Baddeley, Chair of the Chapter Zero Board and Alan Stewart, NED and Audit Committee Chair at Diageo plc.
Join this session to learn how Aviva is integrating sustainable finance into their business, building climate risk into risk management, and encouraging others to do the same. Discover how biodiversity feeds into investment and underwriting, followed by an innovative discussion on developments in the SDGs and technology from David Marriage, as well as key insights from Jonathan Drew at HSBC Hong Kong and Ben Carr from Aviva. The session will be chaired by Zsuszanna Schiff, Technical Manager, ICAEW.
Join this session to discover practical insights for those that work in or advise SMEs on how they can start decarbonising their organisations. Hear from Sam Lux, BEIS who will discuss the government’s focus on SMEs, including the resources in the SME Climate Hub. Scott Johnson from Kung Fu Accounting will provide a member perspective and touch on what an accounting b-corp means. Fflur Lawton, from Smart Energy will present why energy efficiency is a major consideration for business. Finally, Mark Sait from SaveMoneyCutCarbon will delve into what they can offer businesses working towards net zero and the practical support they provide. The session will be chaired by Sarah Reay, Sustainability Team, ICAEW.
08:30 - Greening your finances
Often when we think of the term green finance it is associated with what a business is doing. This interactive session will help you understand how to take leadership in greening your personal finances, considering where your pension fund is held and personal investments that you can make. India White-Spunner and Ajay Johal from Ruffer will deliver an introductory keynote, followed by a panel discussion with: Bruce Davis, Founder and Managing Director of Abundance Investment; David Hayman, Campaign Director from Make My Money Matter; and James Robinson, Chartered Financial Planner from Mazars Financial Planning. The session will be chaired by John Gaskell, Head of Personal Financial Planning, ICAEW.
10:00 - Climate skills and education
If you are newly qualified or been in a chartered accountant for many years, ESG work is moving up the agenda in all businesses. This session will showcase what training and skills programmes ICAEW, CDSB and academics have to offer in this field. Joining the session are Professor Jan Bebbington, Director of the Pentland Centre, Lancaster University and Gemma Clements, Project Manager at the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and Rosie Dunscombe, Technical Lead, Climate Change, ICAEW. The session will be chaired by Jessica Fries, Executive Chairman, Accounting for Sustainability (A4S).
15:30 - Careers in climate
Are you looking to embark on an ESG or climate career? Whether you're a student looking to start your career, or a well-seasoned professional interested in making a change, join this live session to hear about each of our speakers' professional journeys and the skills needed to tackle climate change. Panellists include Mark Jerome, Head of Internal Audit at Green Climate Fund; Josh Hasdale, KPMG Canada and Riona Bowhay, Assistant Manager on KPMG’s Climate Risk and Decarbonisation Strategy team.
Please note that the programme is subject to change.
Julie Baddeley, Chair, Chapter Zero BoardJulie has served on the boards of major organisations in the public and private sectors for more than 20 years. She is Remuneration Committee Chair at Ebiquity plc, Senior Independent Director of Marshall of Cambridge, and was Chair of global recruitment company Harvey Nash plc. She is also Co-Director of the Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Change Engagement, at Cambridge, where she spearheads the work to bring the insights from the University to the non-executive community. Julie is Chair of the Chapter Zero Board, helping its network of non-executive directors to discuss the risks and opportunities of climate change in the boardroom.
Bridget Beals, Partner, Climate Risk and Decarbonisation Strategy Team, KPMGBridget is a Partner in KPMG’s Climate Risk and Decarbonisation Strategy team helping clients understand the physical and transition risks that they will face under various climate change scenarios, the impact of these risks on their operations and the strategy they need to put in place to mitigate these risks as well as to take advantage of any opportunities arising. Bridget has over 13 years’ experience in climate change and decarbonisation, spanning a variety of private and public sector roles including banking, Government advisory and strategic consulting.
Riona Bowhay, Assistant Manager, KPMG’s Climate Risk and Decarbonisation Strategy teamRiona moved into the ESG team following her qualification from the ACA, having completed her training programme in KPMG’s Audit practice. Since moving to the new team last year, Riona has worked on a range of climate risk engagements, performing scenario analysis and helping companies understand the range of risks posed by climate change. Riona is passionate about the role of the Accountancy profession in dealing with the climate emergency. Riona was a working group member and contributor to the Climate Disclosures Standards Board’s ‘Accounting for Climate’ guidance, addressing how material climate-related matters can be incorporated in financial reporting under current IFRS standards.
Ben Carr, Analytics and Capital Modelling Director, Aviva plcBen Carr leads the multi-disciplinary project team at Aviva working on the development of scenario analysis to support the development of disclosures consistent with the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate Related Financial Disclosures. He is also a member of the joint PRA-FCA Climate Financial Risk Forum Scenario Analysis Working Group. Ben works in the Group Actuarial Function at Aviva, where he is responsible for the maintenance and development of their approved group-wide Solvency II internal economic capital model.
Asif Chowdhury, Auditor, EYAsif Chowdhury is an auditor at EY, with significant experience in audit of FTSE-listed companies in the Energy and Consumer sector. In his role, Asif works with leading companies to assess the impact of climate change on their financial statements. Recently, he completed a secondment as Chief of Staff to EY’s Global Vice Chair - Sustainability and during that time helped set up EY’s global sustainability strategy and launch EY’s commitment to be net zero by 2025. In 2021, Asif was nominated by EY to take part in the annual leadership programme with World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Asif is part of EY UK’s Energy Board and also a member of the ICAEW Energy Advisory Committee.
Gemma Clements, Capacity Building and Engagement ManagerGemma joined CDSB in 2016 to support CDSB's technical and engagement work after being an educator in London. As training and education lead, Gemma manages the TCFD Knowledge Hub including authoring the e-learning courses on climate-related financial disclosure. She also leads on CDSB’s supporting services, helping companies improve their disclosure practice.
Jonathan Drew, ESG Solutions Group Lead, Global Banking, HSBCJonathan graduated with an MA in Economics from Cambridge University in England and is also qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Jonathan started his banking career more than 20 years ago in London and after working in rapidly emerging Latin America and raising capital for large scale projects in the Middle East has been based in Hong Kong since 1997 witnessing first-hand the rapid growth of Asia and notably China. In recent years Jonathan has also been responsible for the structuring and delivery of sustainable bonds, loans and other financial support for corporate and institutional clients as well as collaborating with colleagues across businesses in the creation of sustainable investment opportunities. Jonathan is a member of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Green Finance Association and also chairs the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association Green and Sustainable Loan Committee.
Rosie Dunscombe, Technical Lead, Climate Change, ICAEWRosie has over 17 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant and subsequently an environmental economist, working on using valuation to integrate natural, social and human capital into business decisions. Rosie is the lead author of the Coalition’s Biodiversity Guidance, a collaborative effort that brought together business, policy and conservation stakeholders to develop guidance to address why and how biodiversity can be better integrated into core business decisions.
Jessica Fries, Executive Chairman, Accounting for Sustainability (A4S)Jessica Fries is Executive Chairman of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S), established by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in 2004. She has led A4S since 2008, working with the finance community to catalyze a shift to a sustainable economy, with a focus on practical actions and targeted interventions capable of achieving global change.
John Gaskell, Head of Personal Financial Planning, ICAEWJohn Gaskell is Head of Personal Financial Planning ( PFP). He oversees the ICAEW PFP Community and ICAEW’s Personal Financial Planning Advisory Group. His role involves liaising with the Financial Conduct Authority ( FCA) and other regulators, working across different areas of ICAEW and with external stakeholders. John has a BA in Economic History & Social Science, and an MBA. He is a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Wealth Manager and Fellow of the Certified Public Accountants Association.
Andrew Griffith MP, Net Zero Business ChampionAndrew Griffith is the MP for Arundel and South Downs and is currently the UK’s Net Zero Business Champion, a role that aims to support UK businesses to make credible plans to net zero by 2050 and to showcase the UK’s place as a global leader in tackling climate change in the run up to COP26.
Josh Hasdell, ESG and Impact Service Manager, KPMGJosh helps clients identify which ESG elements to focus upon to build and maintain competitive advantage. He predominately focuses on delivering sustainability focused growth-strategy services with an alignment to a company’s core activities and role in society, as well as ESG implementation, reporting, planning and responding to ESG mega forces.
David Hayman, Campaign Director, Make My Money MatterDavid is a senior campaigner, policy specialist and strategy professional, with over a decade’s experience in the international development sector. David’s career also includes periods in strategy consulting, working at Accenture Development Partnerships, Bridgespan International, and Citi Private Bank in New York.
Mark Jerome, Head of the Green Climate Fund’s Internal Audit OfficeMark Jerome is the Head of the Green Climate Fund’s Internal Audit Office. He was previously an audit partner at KPMG, where he focused on emerging economies and the development sector. He was also a member of KPMG’s international steering committee on the development sector from 2007 to 2016.
Ajay Johal, Investment Manager, Ruffer LLPGraduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in history and sociology and worked at Barclays Wealth before joining Ruffer in 2014. In 2019, he worked as an equity analyst in Ruffer’s Hong Kong office, before returning to the charities team in London as an Investment Manager. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment and is co-manager of the Charity Assets Trust.
Scott Johnson, Kung Fu AccountingScott formed the world's first ICAEW Chartered, BCorp Certified Accounting Practice. Kung Fu Accounting is designed to leave nothing but footprints, through its business policies (eg printing nothing) and purchasing decisions (eg buying refurbished IT equipment). Scott also formed the Climate Conscious Accountant's Network to empower finance professionals to take action on climate issues.
Fflur Lawton, Head of Public Affairs, Smart Energy GBFflur heads up the public affairs work of Smart Energy GB. She is responsible for engaging parliamentarians and stakeholders from across the public, private and third sectors and sharing information on smart meters, the rollout and the smart energy future. Prior to joining Smart Energy GB, Fflur developed her career at the Big Lottery Fund. Working there for over 10 years she held a variety of roles including Head of Communications and Senior Head of Corporate Management. A fluent Welsh speaker, she started her career working in the third sector developing environmental projects with communities across Wales.
Sam Lux, Policy Adviser, BEIS: Net Zero Public Engagement at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)Sam currently works in the small team delivering the Together for Our Planet Business Climate Leaders campaign for Andrew Griffith MP in his role as UK Net Zero Business Champion ahead of COP26 in November. Before joining the Civil Service, she led on climate engagement at Nottingham City Council, and was awarded the Nottingham Roosevelt scholarship which took her to 10 US cities to research urban sustainability stories. In 2020 Sam joined edie’s 30 under 30 programme for future sustainability leaders.
Christophe McGlade, Head of the Energy Supply Unit, International Energy Agency (IEA)Christophe McGlade is the Head of the Energy Supply Unit at the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA). He joined the IEA in 2015 and leads the energy supply and climate analysis within the World Energy Outlook (WEO) series. The World Energy Outlook is the IEA’s flagship publication and one of the world’s most authoritative sources for strategic insight on energy and environmental trends. It uses different scenarios to illustrate the choices that can lead towards a more secure and sustainable energy future.
Richard Murphy, Professor of Accounting, Sheffield University Management SchoolRichard was senior partner of an accounting firm for more than a decade before becoming involved in tax justice campaigning. He co-founded the Tax Justice Network, the Fair Tax Mark and Finance for the Future. He founded Tax Research UK. He co-created the Green New Deal. He is founder-director of the Corporate Accountability Network. Richard created the concept of country-by-country reporting, which is now in use in more than 90 countries around the world to identify tax abuse by multinational corporations as a result of backing for it provided by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Richard has created the concept of sustainable cost accounting.
Mark Sait, CEO, SaveMoneyCutCarbonMark Sait is known for his pragmatic approach to sustainability. His experience is in identifying and starting businesses that simplify fragmented markets to help move new technologies/solutions into the mainstream. SaveMoneyCutCarbon is his latest venture and is recognised as the “go to people for homes and organisations that want to reduce their energy and water bills.
Sarah Reay, Sustainability Team, ICAEWSarah Reay works within the sustainability team at ICAEW and is responsible for delivering on the Institute’s climate change content, with the aim of supporting students and members to achieve SDG 13 Climate Action. In her role she showcases the importance of the accountancy profession as change makers in society, and how they can tackle the climate crisis head on. On the road to COP26, Sarah is leading on events that challenge the membership to take radical steps within their organisations in the race to net zero and meeting the targets of the Global Goals by 2030.
Alison Ring, Director Public Sector, ICAEWAlison joined ICAEW in 2020 and is the Director of the Public Sector team, which supports members working in and with the public sector to deliver public priorities and sustainable public finances. ICAEW engages with policy makers, public servants and others to promote the need for effective financial management, audit and assurance, financial reporting and governance and ethics across the public sector to ensure public money is spent wisely. After completing a law degree and qualifying with a medium-sized accountancy firm, she worked in practice for several years before joining HMRC in 1994. She spent 25 years there where she held the post of Commissioners’ Advisory Accountant.
James Robinson, Chartered Financial Planner, Mazars Financial Planning LtdJames is a Chartered Financial Planner, with the Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning. His achievements have been recognised by Citywire Magazine two years in a row, being named one of the ‘Top 35 Next Generation Advisers’ 2017 and 2018. He was also runner up in the FT’s Money Management Award for Multi-Asset Planner of the year 2018. James’s focus is building lasting relationships with clients, piecing together previously disparate circumstances to maximise family wealth and meet clients’ objectives. His areas of expertise include planning for retirement, estate planning, tax planning and investment allocation. This includes working with business owners, as James is a member of the Entrepreneurial Business team at Mazars LLP.
Zsuzsanna Schiff, Technical Manager, ICAEWZsuzsanna is responsible for the Faculty’s Banking and Insurance Committees leading their engagement in technical and policy work. This includes responding to public consultations from standard setters and regulators and running events to engage the membership. In addition Zsuzsanna also works on special projects; for example Information overload: effective boards and committees in financial services and investigating how the climate change-related risks are managed in financial services following the TCFD recommendations. Zsuzsanna also runs the faculty’s Client Asset (CASS) working party providing a valuable forum to the industry. She is a chartered accountant qualified with PwC previously engaged in banking and capital markets audit and corporate treasury consulting.
Richard Spencer, Director of Technical Thought Leadership and Head of Sustainability, ICAEWRichard joined ICAEW in 2005 to set up the sustainability practice within the technical strategy department. During this time Richard has led on the ICAEW’s thought leadership and engagement programme in sustainability.Alan Stewart, NED and Audit Committee Chair Diageo plcAlan qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in South Africa and moved to the UK in 1985. He started his career in the UK in investment banking with HSBC, where he spent 10 years before moving into the leisure sector as CFO of a private equity backed business which was sold to Thomas Cook in 1998. He became CFO at Thomas Cook Holdings in 1998 and was appointed UK CEO in 2001 having also Chaired Thomas Cook Financial Services. He joined WH Smith as Group CFO in 2005 and in 2008 he was appointed CFO at AWAS, a leading aircraft leasing business, before moving to Marks & Spencer as CFO in 2010. He joined Tesco as CFO in 2014 and retired from there in April 2021. Alan is a NED with Diageo where he has been on the board since 2014 and chairs the Audit Committee. He was a NED and Audit Committee chair of Games Workshop Group from 1996 to 2009 and a NED at Tesco Personal Finance Ltd (Tesco Bank) from 2017 to 2021. Alan was a founder member of the A4S CFO network which he co-chaired for some four years until his retirement and is a member of Chapter Zero.
Helena Watson, Director, Accounting Advisory Services Team, KPMGHelena has over 10 years of audit and advisory experience at KPMG in the UK, working across a broad range of sectors. She has recently established KPMG UK’s Corporate Reporting Advisory team bringing together financial reporting and ESG specialists to provide advice to clients on all aspects of UK corporate reporting.
India White-Spunner, Senior Investment Associate, Ruffer LLPGraduated with an MA honours in English from St Andrews University and joined Ruffer in 2017 as part of the graduate trainee programme. She is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment following completion of the CISI Masters in Wealth Management.
Iain Wright, Managing Director, Reputation and Influence, ICAEWIain Wright joined ICAEW as Director of Corporate and Regional Engagement in June 2018. Iain trained as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte & Touche and worked for the firm until 2003.
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